Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/Doctor of Philosophy

Domestic application early closing date is 31 October 2018.

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Melbourne
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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These concurrent degrees combine professional training within educational and developmental psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Note that these courses are not available for international students except in limited cases.

During these concurrent degrees, students will:

  • gain valuable experience in the delivery of psychological services through practicums
  • study subjects such as Foundations of Practice, Psychological Assessment, Therapeutic Skills and Research Skill
  • complete a doctoral thesis.

Specialisation subject units in the Educational and Developmental psychology stream are:

  • Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Applied Developmental Psychology.

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Approval to study an Individual unit within these degrees must be sought from the Course Coordinator.

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

370

Students will complete either 360 or 370 credit points depending on their pathway (see ‘More Course Information’ below).

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $24943 Fee-Paying (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Have questions about paying for postgraduate study? Learn more about postgraduate costs.

There are two pathways into this course and admission is subject to supervision and resource availability.

Pathway 1
The first pathway is to satisfy the entry requirements to commence the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and Doctor of Philosophy simultaneously; or to transfer from the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) to the combined degree after having been admitted to this Master with First Class Honours (HI) or equivalent.

Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Following this, they may apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD, and apply simultaneously online for entry into the MPsych program.

Entry requirements to be met by applicants are as follows:

  1. four years of an accredited undergraduate Psychology sequence, comprising a first class Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent;
  2. for short-listed candidates, interview with the Selection Committee; and
  3. provision of two referee reports: one professional/personal and one academic.

Pathway 2
The second pathway is for those students already enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who have completed Year 1 with a Distinction average across all subjects and were admitted to the Master with Second Class Honours – Division A (HIIA) or equivalent and then wish to transfer to the combined degree.

Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD program.

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests).

See  English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details

PhD component of course

The first pathway is to satisfy the entry requirements to commence the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and Doctor of Philosophy simultaneously; or to transfer from the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) to the combined degree after having been admitted to the Master with First Class Honours (HI) or equivalent. Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Following this, they may apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD, and apply simultaneously online for entry into the MPsych program.

The second pathway is for those students already enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who have completed Year 1 with a Distinction average across all subjects and were admitted to the Master with Second Class Honours – Division A (HIIA) or equivalent and then wish to transfer to the combined degree. Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD program.

Candidates should apply to the Candidature Services Office for admission to the PhD component: Application forms for the PhD component are available from the Candidature Research Services website, under 'How to Apply' or by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au

ACU Funded Research Higher Degree

ACU funds Research Higher Degree students for their term of study.

Note: funding does not refer to coursework components of the concurrent MPsych/PhD degrees. Students must pay Library Fees. Some students may be eligible for RTS places. Continuation of Candidature is dependent upon the candidate adhering to Research Higher Degree Regulations and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. This is monitored twice annually with the completion of a mandatory Academic Progress Report whereby the candidate and Principal/Co-Supervisors agree on the student's progress.

Domestic Students

These concurrent degrees combine professional training within educational and developmental psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Note that these courses are not available for international students except in limited cases.

During these concurrent degrees, students will:

  • gain valuable experience in the delivery of psychological services through practicums
  • study subjects such as Foundations of Practice, Psychological Assessment, Therapeutic Skills and Research Skill
  • complete a doctoral thesis.

Specialisation subject units in the Educational and Developmental psychology stream are:

  • Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Applied Developmental Psychology.

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Approval to study an Individual unit within these degrees must be sought from the Course Coordinator.

Important Note on Fees

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests).

See  English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details

PhD component of course

The first pathway is to satisfy the entry requirements to commence the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and Doctor of Philosophy simultaneously; or to transfer from the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) to the combined degree after having been admitted to the Master with First Class Honours (HI) or equivalent. Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Following this, they may apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD, and apply simultaneously online for entry into the MPsych program.

The second pathway is for those students already enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who have completed Year 1 with a Distinction average across all subjects and were admitted to the Master with Second Class Honours – Division A (HIIA) or equivalent and then wish to transfer to the combined degree. Applicants must first contact the School of Psychology to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD program.

Candidates should apply to the Candidature Services Office for admission to the PhD component: Application forms for the PhD component are available from the Candidature Research Services website, under 'How to Apply' or by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au

ACU Funded Research Higher Degree

ACU funds Research Higher Degree students for their term of study.

Note: funding does not refer to coursework components of the concurrent MPsych/PhD degrees. Students must pay Library Fees. Some students may be eligible for RTS places. Continuation of Candidature is dependent upon the candidate adhering to Research Higher Degree Regulations and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. This is monitored twice annually with the completion of a mandatory Academic Progress Report whereby the candidate and Principal/Co-Supervisors agree on the student's progress.